Bush, Obama Recognize Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Oct 7, 2008

Once again this year, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation declaring October to be Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Senator Barack Obama also issued a statement urging Americans to “dedicate ourselves to working on behalf of the thousands of women who suffer in silence” during October.

“Our Nation has a moral obligation to work to prevent domestic violence and address its brutal and destructive effects,” President Bush's proclamation says. “During National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we underscore our commitment to helping individuals across our country who face such devastating violence… we rededicate ourselves to protecting vulnerable members of our society and ensuring domestic abusers are punished to the full extent of the law… I urge all Americans to reach out to victims of domestic violence and take action to make ending domestic violence a national priority.”

Senator Obama’s statement says, in part, “Today, I join all Americans in observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month… Too often, victims of domestic violence don’t know where to turn, or have no one to turn to. And too often, a victim could be someone you love… I introduced legislation in the U.S. Senate to provide $25 million a year to domestic violence prevention and victim support efforts... I am so proud to have Senator Joe Biden, the man who wrote that groundbreaking legislation [the Violence Against Women Act] that gave so many women a second chance at life, as my running mate in this campaign…We need all hands on deck to address this...”

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